Saudi Arabia Carries out First Executions of the New Year
Saudi Arabia beheaded by the sword two nationals for murder Monday in the first executions of 2001, the interior ministry said.
Saad bin Ajlane bin Huzam al-Dossari and Mubarak bin Abdullah bin Mohammad al-Dawas were both convicted of shooting two other Saudi nationals in separate cases, the ministry said in a statement.
There were at least 113 executions announced in the kingdom in 2000.
Saudi Arabia, home of Islam's holiest places, applies a strict code of Islamic sharia law, imposing the death penalty on people found guilty of murder, rape, apostasy, armed robbery, drug trafficking and repeated drug offences -- RIYADH (AFP)
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